Parents' Guide to

Build'n Race

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Clever build-your-own-track racer is plagued by glitches.

Game Nintendo Wii 2009
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The appeal of building your own racetracks, complete with jumps over buses, twisty chicanes, and customized roadside scenery, is undeniable. And the game's editor tool, which lets players build massive circuits in not much more time than it takes to drive around them, is a snap to learn. Alas, it's all overshadowed by glitches and half-hearted design.

The track editor often doesn't alert players when track pieces don't fit well together, leaving players to discover, say, walls between two pieces of track with different elevations, while driving. Even in tracks designed by the developers there are places where players can skid over a road barrier and simply not be able to get back on the track. But that's bearable compared to the frozen screens we encountered while trying to finalize our custom circuits. There were times when we were left with no option but to switch the console off and start over. Our advice is to wait for this fall's Mod Nation Racers for PlayStation 3, which promises a similar build-your-own-track concept with much higher production values and better quality assurance.

Online interaction: Not an issue.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Zoo Games
  • Release date: August 4, 2009
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: E for Alcohol Reference
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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